Top Ten Tuesday: Books that feature characters with mental illness


Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week I am going to be sharing my top books that feature characters with mental illness.

As someone who has suffered from mental illness I love how it has bee  brought to attention in recent years and that it is showing through in fiction - especially YA. 

Fiction featuring mental illness made me realise that I wasn't alone and ultimately made me get help with my anxiety disorder.


1) It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

2) The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

3) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


4) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

5) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

6) The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr


7) Looking for Alaska by John Green

8) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

9) The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

10) All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher

What are your favourite books featuring characters with mental illnesses?

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  1. Nice list. I haven't read any of these, so I will have to look them up. I read a paranormal romance a while back called Mercy of the Moon by Jennifer Taylor that featured a hero with a mental illness. It was a very good story. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday Post.

  2. I've only read Perks and Thirteen Reasons Why of these, but I enjoyed them both!
    My TTT:

    1. They are both great aren’t they? I love the Perks movie but wasn’t too keen on the Netflix series of thirteen reasons why.

  3. Great list! I've been looking for more books that dealt with mental illness! Thanks for posting these books!

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

    1. Glad you liked it! Hope you look into some of these :)

  4. I did mental illness characters too! And these are great... I hear you, it's hard to explain to those who don't have a mental illness what it's like, but there are some great books out that do a great job to help people understand.

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    1. Great minds think alike eh? Without these books I probably wouldn’t have got help. So they have so much personal meaning to me.

  5. I'm so glad books about mental illnesses struck a chord with you and motivated you to get the help you needed. The best thing about these kinds of books, for me, is that I learn to be more understanding and empathetic.

    Happy TTT!

    1. Thank you!

      Totally agree with your point. Mental illness does need to be understood more.

  6. This is such a great list. I read 8 of these, and I think you found some of my favorites (The Sky is Everywhere, It's Kind of a Funny Story). I am happy to see more and more books each year, that tackle mental illness well. It's something I struggle with and it's a little bit of a comfort to see it becoming less of stigma.

    1. Thank you! It’s Kind of a Funny Story was the first book on the topic that I read so it has a special space in my heart.

      It’s so good that mental health is being spoken about more and I hope your mental health gets better.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  7. So many great recs, thanks! Will have to check a lot of these out :)